Luminaries: Rockwell Group and Rich Brilliant Willing team up on a new lighting collection
When Rockwell Group and Rich Brilliant Willing unveiled their lighting collaboration during ICFF earlier this year, the fruits of their collective labours couldn’t be sweeter. A natural next step for the two New York firms, who’ve collaborated on customised lighting designs for several years now, the collection is comprised of three adaptable styles that riff on simple geometry.
The joint effort largely focuses on placing spherical bulbs within a cuboid framework and fuses together both firms’ eloquent design language with Rich Brilliant Willing’s flair for LED technology and manufacturing. The ’Witt’, a modular spin on the traditional chandelier, pairs pearl-like bulbs with hollow brass cubes and can hang horizontally or vertically. Hung in a cluster or at staggered heights, this piece easily creates a different atmosphere, depending on its configuration. Invisible suspension cables further retain an air of mystique.
In contrast, the ’Phase’ – a cast glass spherical sconce, half-covered by chrome – mimics the Moon half-lit. Wall-mounted, the design can be installed with the exposed half facing upwards for a brighter effect, or downwards for added drama. Even switched off, it emanates a quiet, sculptural aura, making it a charismatic addition to most rooms, despite its unobtrusive size.
The range is rounded out by the ’Notch’, a rectangular, column-like shade that emits light from its top, bottom and core. Minimalist in shape, yet a bright lightsource thanks to several LEDs that reflect off the internal hollow of the piece, the simple design seductively adds depth to the rest of the room with just the flick of a switch.